But he acknowledged that “current split design is merely temporary, AR glasses will eventually evolve into what normal glasses look like with the development of optics, chips, materials, and battery.”When talking about the future of new experience technologies, Shi gives his prediction, which would provide guidance for the firm’s future development strategies.“Due to the different optical principle, it is much easier for VR to create large FOV and immersion than AR, but AR enables a see-thru effect. It will be used more extensively than VR. VR and AR are going to merge, that is, there will be a device with a strong sense of immersion with VR and the features of the real environment that AR can see.” he said.
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Hardware + software

In addition to hardware, the team has a bigger plan for its future development, which includes “Optics + Terminal + Cloud”.

For optics, Xloong has established optical joint laboratory with universities strong in optics and scientific research institutes, to enhance Xloong’s upstream optical core technical barriers. With investors’ support, like resources from IoT solution provider BOE Technology Group and electronics manufacturer Luxshare-ICT, Xloong has strengthened the terminal development and supply chain production and quality, explained Shi.

By optimizing software cloud platform based on image recognition, SLAM, big data and so on, Xloong aspires to provide more convenient and efficient support in AR solutions for all industries.

Founded in 2015, Xloong is now run by a 70 member team, 70% of which are engineers from optics, algorithm, and hard/software backgrounds. The founders come from Huawei and Lenovo.

After receiving an RMB 50 million a Series A+ round from BOE Technology in 2016, the firm secured an undisclosed amount of pre-B financing led by Gobi Ventures last September.